I'm leaving Academia!

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Hello!

If the title hasn't given it away this post is on one specific topic!

I could go on about the reasons for a long time (this is my third fourth shot at writing this) but I've decided I'll leave those things for the comments.

Leaving academia has got to be one of the hardest decisions I've ever made, but now I'm making it I can't believe it took so long.

(If you thought this photo wasn't related you'd be right. Its the beautiful countryside outside my home town - but would you just look at that?! Beautiful!)
I'm surrounded by academics, so much so I only recently realised I don't think I have anyone close to me that's not an academic! (How crazy is that?) So naturally, all the messages I've been receiving are very much against the idea of leaving, which made the decision even hard to go through.

But for me, right now, i feel like its the best decision I could make.
I've been struggling with this for so many reasons, there's this general assumption that if you've leaving academia, you must not have the dedication, or the stamina, or an interest in research or education...well that's just not it. I have all of those things - I still love Academia!

Still, it's frowned upon, and all those assumptions so I've been feeling a lot of shame and embarrassment and just for thinking about leaving!

I came to the realisation that there was no point in asking for advice anymore, or trying to explain myself in the hopes someone would understand or give me validation, Academia is a closed loop - so without a word my bags have been packed, my desk has been (almost) cleared and I'm off!
As my current post comes to an end (three weeks and counting!) this seems like the best opportunity to give something else a shot.

I'm a person of many passions so I don't have one dream job, I have many.
But something I know I want to do is to try new things.
I'm a closet crafter, and a musician with much bigger dreams than my confidence with currently allow.
So if I was completely honest, in this moment, if I could I would take up crafting full time, in a hopes to keep tiding things over while I work on my performing arts and musical skills to see where that future might take me, that's what I'd like to do



So that's today's dream - maybe tomorrows dream will be different.
I'm not giving up on Academia, I love to learn too much, but I want to be more brave and push myself outside of my comfort zone to pursue some of my more neglected passions out there in the open for everyone to see.

I feel like things are going to be very different from now on, but I'm excited to see where this new journey takes me.

If you want to know a bit more about my new directions, or you have any questions about going to University,  leaving University (or wherever you find yourself right now) let me know in the comments!

Thanks for stopping by!
xx


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